University confirms reopening of outdoor sports facilities and competitive fixture return


By Eddie McAteer, Sports Editor

In an email addressed to students Bristol University has confirmed that all outdoor sports facilities will reopen on 29 March in line with the easing of lockdown regulations in England.

The email also confirmed that competitive fixtures will be permitted at Coombe Dingle, though the return of spectators will not be allowed.

In addition, outdoor fitness classes and outdoor personal training will also return as part of step two in the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

The announcement will come as a welcome relief for many students after over two months of strict ‘stay at home’ advice. With facilities closed on 4 January following government advice, it has been a long wait for them to reopen.

Throughout this most recent lockdown, the Sport, Exercise and Health department has continued to provide classes and advice via the University of Bristol Sport app, including for the virtual run series.

Registration for the virtual run series is now open
The Buchabest intramural rugby team

The reopening will come a bit too late for the run series – which starts on 20 March – but plenty of training can be found on the app and it can be completed anywhere.

Featured Image: Epigram / Siavash Minoukadeh

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